Sherry Turkle researches the psychology of technology. photo credit: peter-urbanSherry Turkle directs the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Initiative on Technology and Self, and has spent the past 30 years researching the psychology of technology. Her research raises critical questions about people’s relationships with technology, as well as technology’s role in productivity, including whether our always-connected state affects our ability to think, be creative and innovate.

Turkle was one of the headline speakers at Schwab IMPACT 2016, which Mike McCann and Shannon Curkendoll attended. The annual conference provides news, insights and industry updates relevant to independent investment advisory firms like Perspective Financial. In addition to numerous educational and professional development sessions, the event featured inspirational and insightful headline speakers like Turkle.

“An impactful moment for me was when Sherry Turkle referred to how we have raised a generation of people who are so used to constant and continuous interaction through technology that they now struggle with working independently,” said Curkendoll, Perspective’s operations manager and a mother of two.

“She also talked about the benefits of letting people, especially children, be bored. In boredom we develop skills for self-reflection, creativity and deep thought,” Curkendoll added. “By not letting ourselves be bored we’re losing the ability to develop these necessary life and work skills.”

Turkle’s New York Times best-seller, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, focuses on the importance of conversation in digital cultures.

“My argument is not anti-technology. It’s pro-conversation,” said Turkle, who has been described as a skeptic who was once a believer. “We miss out on necessary conversations when we divide our attention between the people we’re with and the world on our screens.”

You can learn more about Turkle’s research and writing at her website, www.reclaimingconversationbook.com